Redefining Sustainabiltiy in the International Agenda

The Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda seminar, co-organized by UNCTAD, took place on the 20th January 2010 at the Palais des Nations, home of the United Nations Office in Geneva. The timely seminar, in celebration of the United Nation’s International Year of Biodiversity, provided a collaborative platform for the fashion and luxury industries to discuss their role in promoting and supporting biodiversity conservation through their internal operations and global supply chains.

As frequent users and beneficiaries of biodiversity, the fashion and luxury industries have the opportunity and responsibility to become increasingly involved in its management and conservation. Biodiversity creates the opportunity for businesses to innovate and develop by presenting a source of raw materials, technology and business opportunities. Unfortunately, the relationship is not always mutually beneficial. The sourcing and extraction of raw materials can cause population decline and damage to the wider ecosystem. Meanwhile, the transformation processes of textiles and other product manufacturing procedures use large amounts of water and energy and can contribute to air, water and soil pollution.

The seminar was organised in conjunction with EcoChic Geneva and the EcoChic Geneva Sustainable Design Exhibition.

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Ahmed DjoghlafExecutive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity Petko

Alex McIntosh, Business Support Manager, London College of Fashion

Allan Schwarz, Founder and Executive Director, a.d. schwarz

Alongkorn Ponlaboot, Deputy Minister of Commerce, Thailand

Alphadi, President & Founder, Festival International de la Mode Africaine

Arturo Hernandez Basave, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mexico

Assheton Stewart Carter, VP Corporate Community Engagement, Pact

Burak Cakmak, Director CSR, Gucci Group

Chris Buss, Project Officer Forest Conservation, IUCN

Claire HamerFounder, ei8ht

Claus Conzelmann, VP Health, Safety and Environment Sustainability, Nestlé

Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Eduardo Escobedo, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD

Eva Zabey, Assistant Programme Manager Ecosystems, WBCSD

Giulia Di Tommaso, Director External Affairs Africa Middle East and Turkey, Unilever

Hans Steisslinger, Head R&D Natural Cosmetics, Weleda Group AG

Isabel Berz, Director Fashion School, Istituto Europea di Design Madrid

Isabelle Quehe, Director, Universal Love / Paris Ethical Fashion Show

Jean-François Fournon, Global Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Simko

Jean-Luc Ansel, Director General, Cosmetic Valley

Julie Tyrell, Secretary General, NaTrue

Kate Dillon, Model and M.P.A. International Development

Lucas Assunçao, Head of Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, UNCTAD

Maria Eugenia Giron, Founder and Partner, Megamcapital & Megadvice

Michel Mane, President, Mane USA Tim WilsonFounder, Historic Futures

Mo Tomaney, Research Fellow Ethical Fashion, University for the Creative Arts & Central St. Martins College of Art & Design

Olivier Schneuwly, President and Director, NiceFuture & Green Lab Sarl

Paolo Naldini, Chief Executive Officer, Fondazzione Citadellarte Anggy Haif, Designer

Peter IngwersenFounder, Noir

Rene-Georges Gaultier, President, Gaultier Collette

Ricardo Duarte, Vice-Minister of Business Development, Colombia

Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Executive Director, Union for Ethical Biotrade

Sarah Ratty, Founder and CEO, Ciel Tamsin LeJeune, Founder, Ethical Fashion Forum

Summer Rayne Oakes, Model and Sustainability Strategist, SRO

Willem WijnstekersSecretary-General, CITES

Yves Darricau, Deputy Director ITPO France, UNIDO



Allana McAspurn, General Manager, Made-By UK

Christina Dean, CEO, Redress

Edna dos Santos, Chief Creative Economies and Industries Programme, UNCTAD

Eduardo Escobedo, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD

Lucas Assunçao, Head of Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, UNCTAD

Mina Mashayekhi, Officer-in-charge DITC, UNCTAD

Ornella Bignami, President and Founder, Elementi Moda

Sean Ansett, Managing Partner, At Stake Advisors

Timothy Han, Founder, Timothy Han London